Where to find the best Caribbean food in Manchester
The best Caribbean restaurants, takeaways and street food in Manchester and beyond…
Jamaican jerk, goat curry, ackee and saltfish – we all have our favorites, and these places do them all exceptionally well.
By far my busiest Caribbean joint, I usually treat myself to a Rita once a week – gorging on their outstanding Jerk Chicken Meal Box while sitting at my desk writing things like this -this. Located in Piccadilly Markets Wednesday to Sunday, you’ll always find a queue here, but it’s quick and always perfect.
The staff is very friendly, the chicken and goat are really beautiful and the jerk sauce is so good you want to dip in it. You might also spot Rita running around the back, and if you say hello and be sure to thank her for giving us her skills.
Rita’s Reign, Piccadilly, Manchester M1 1LY
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Mama Flo’s in Stockport is not only well known throughout the city for the quality of its food, but also for Mama’s tireless efforts to help the local community and provide food to key workers throughout the pandemic. This great little family run shop has lots of character and is home to Mama Flo’s famous Jerk Chicken, which she comes in particularly early to ‘catch’ the charcoal fire which smokes the meat and chars the skin.
The goat curry here is also top notch, slowly cooked with spices and melt-in-your-mouth meat. This place feels like a real community center, it’s not just like going to another store, it’s more like visiting your mom, aunt or grandma – big smiles, good food and lots of laughter.
Mama Flo’s, 314 Buxton Rd, Stockport SK2 7DD
It may look like a normal, slightly run down chicken shop from the outside, but let me tell you, this is no normal chicken shop. You’ll first be alerted to the quality of this place by the almost continuous queue outside on the street, and it’s all because of their Chicken Split – which is arguably the best in town.
For those of you who don’t know what a Chicken Split is, let me explain. A Chicken Split is basically a huge “Festival” (a slightly sweet, fried Jamaican dumpling) stuffed with fried chicken and topped with cream of salad. Very simple and doesn’t look like much – but take my word for it – it is. Chicken Run also serves an impressive array of other Caribbean dishes, from Ackee & Saltfish, Oxtail, Curry Goat and even Cookdown Chicken – which many of you will recognize as Brown Stew Chicken, and pretty much one of the things tastiest and most filling you’ll ever eat.
Chicken Run, 6 Yarburgh Street, Moss Side, Manchester M16 7FJ
A Hulme institution that has graced the pages of national newspapers, the story of Buzzrocks is one that involves the owners (Mr and Mrs Buzzrock) piggybacking for 30 years, taking their exceptional West Indian cuisine from a trailer to a parking lot at their own restaurant with a group of dedicated followers. Buzz has been using the same recipe for his Jerk Chicken from the start, served with rice and peas and the most amazing sauce.
The chicken is marinated from the first hours, and it has the most perfect charred skin. They also do an outstanding lamb curry, all available with their new line of bottled Jamaican pickles, spicy pickles and juices.
Buzzrocks, 166 Stretford Rd, Manchester M15 5TL
0161 227 7770
Serving 100% plant-based Caribbean dishes day in and day out, ARMR Store has become a comprehensive community destination for the people of Ardwick, greatly aided by the tireless efforts of owner Raph and his “give back” philosophy. Since opening in March 2019, ARMR has provided a long list of insider and community support, in what is one of Manchester’s most deprived areas.
As well as the changing menu of daily specials, ARMR also offers health products, stocking only independents, with over 60% sourced locally in Manchester. There are waves of ARMR adding another location at some point in the northern quarter, so keep an eye out for that as well.
ARMR Store, 2 Polygon St, Manchester M13 9SG
0161 273 2335
You may not have heard of RADs, tucked away on a quiet street in Ancoats, but they’ve been serving hearty, spicy (and huge) Caribbean fare to locals for years. Famous for their takeaway boxes, their jerk chicken is excellent, as is their Ackee & Saltfish – complete with coleslaw, salad, rice and peas and chips for just £6. The mutton is great too, as are their homemade patties. Basically everything is very, very good and you should go. Like now.
Rad’s, 62 Jersey Street, Ancoats, Manchester M4 6AY
0161 211 9604
Anyone who has walked, cycled or driven with the window open on Chorlton Road will know exactly what Kool Runnings is. This is a huge food truck that serves up some of the best Caribbean cuisine this side of the Atlantic – always fresh, always hot, and always super tasty.
The truck is run by father and son, Aval and Dominic, who have been offering premium jerk chicken, goat curry, rice and peas for some time and have become an institution in the area. The standard order is jerk chicken, rice and peas, patty, and steamed vegetables, and it should be fully drenched in jerk sauce. If you’ve never been before, they do all sorts of things – chicken and goat curry, pepper steak, plantain, Guinness punch, and it’s all made fresh the same day for the punters waiting in line. They also have a shop in Longsight which is open daily from 12pm to 10pm.
Chorlton Road next to Sharon Full Gospel Church.
532 Stockport Rd, Longsight, Manchester M12 4JJ
The Drop Bar Cafe
A Chorlton favourite, The Drop Bar Cafe has a fairly extensive menu of Caribbean specialties and, unlike many places on this list, is a proper restaurant with an extensive list of beers, wines and cocktails to accompany your shake. chicken. They also make huge “Hench” platters that come with two main dishes, plantain, dumplings, coleslaw, and coconut rice and peas. Oh, and there’s even a Reggae Roast on Sunday – a Caribbean twist on the classic Sunday dinner.
The Drop Bar Cafe, 356 Barlow Moor Rd, Manchester M21 8AZ
One of the best things about Jerk Junction is their huge outdoor patio, which is easily one of the best places to go when the sun comes up in town. The smell of jerk chicken from the barbecue, with a Wray & Ting in hand – nothing can beat it. There’s been a Jerk Junction here on Manchester Road for almost 10 years now but recently they’ve had a facelift and changed ownership and it’s better than ever. Most dishes are cooked on their bespoke drum grill – giving you the ultimate in authentic Jamaican cuisine, cooked to perfection every time.
Jerk Junction, 170 Manchester Road, Firswood, Manchester M16 0DZ
0161 881 6635
Yeah Man Caribbean Cafe
The guys from EatMCR recommended that we visit Yeah Man Caribbean Cafe. Nestled at the end of seemingly endless terraced houses in Gorse Hill, Yeah Man is now a Stretford institution, run with enthusiasm and supreme grilling skills by Jamie for the past 12 years. The menu features a host of Caribbean classics, from curried mutton to oxtail and the classic jerk chicken, as well as one of the best chickens in town – a delicacy of flame-grilled chicken leg in a dumpling topped with salad cream.
Yeah Man Caribbean, 63 Norway St, Stretford, Manchester M32 0JN
0161 864 3259
Coffee Pull Up
This joint in the North Caribbean neighborhood serves up some of the best Caribbean food in town, with an absolutely massive menu of main courses, specials and sides. Their chicken is definitely something to write home about, marinated for 24 hours in their special Pull Up seasoning according to a recipe for which is a very well kept secret – not even a crispy ten rolled up and placed in a top pocket can convince them to tell you what they put in it. There is also a ‘Reggae Roast’ here on Sundays, and a vegan ‘Rasta Roast’ option too.
Café Pull Up Bar, 14-16 Swan St, Manchester M4 5JN
Located rather haphazardly on a car wash parking lot on Kings Road in the middle of Old Trafford, you probably wouldn’t expect to get some of the best cuisine in the Caribbean from this gaff – but looks can be deceiving. On the one hand, they seem all set to serve ice cream and churros, which they do, but they also have an outstanding Indian-Caribbean fusion menu – complete with some of the best BBQ Jerk chicken in town. Their wings here are also legendary – and you can get it all as part of a large meal box with a choice of marinades and sides.
Whipp’n’, 222 Kings Rd, Old Trafford, Stretford, Manchester M16 0GR
0161 641 9042
Easily one of the best takeouts in both cities, Caribbean Flavaz has achieved legendary status — especially when it comes to ordering for delivery to your blunder. This place has thrived in a positive way during the lockdown and has managed to gain a lot more followers – people obsessed with their quality jerk chicken, mutton curry, salt fish fritters and very reasonable prices. It’s no frills, just amazing Caribbean cuisine.
Caribbean Flavas, 187 Chapel Street, Salford M3 5EQ
Eat & Sweet
Located on prime land in the North End, Eat & Sweet is tucked away in this Low Rider building on Church Street – so it’s pretty easy to miss. Once you find it, you’ll be in for a treat with fresh dishes cooked daily by Jamaican chefs who “refuse to cut corners” – seasoning and marinating more than 24 hours in advance. Perfect for a quick lunch break, they cook up huge patties and boxed meals here that are packed and can be taken to Piccadilly Gardens for grub and a Jamaican Guinness in the sun.
Eat & Sweet – Caribbean Takeaway, 27-29 Church St, Manchester M4 1PE